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Eco-Friendly Living

Like a real human being!

First of all, I can’t thank you enough for your kind words about Dana. It is such a strange thing to figure out how to process, and I just knew her from an online group. I can not begin to imagine what her friends and family are going through.

I hope that all of the stories pouring out from everyone that knew her can help those who are missing her by knowing what an impact she had,and what a legacy she is leaving behind.

It’s times like this I wish I was religious. I envy the comfort that faith can bring.

Now I am going to switch gears dramatically and talk about superficial nonsense. Because sometimes that’s all you can do. 

I washed my hair. It was just too much, I couldn’t deal with it. I felt gross, my pillows felt gross, I was spending eight hours a day staring in the mirror and examining my scalp while sighing deeply.

I think I made it to just over three weeks, and I am utterly convinced that using absolutely nothing to wash your hair simply can not work. (cue the chorus of “I told you so!”s)

Although I admit the worst was day 3-4, and it got better from there, it eventually reached a sort of plateau of greasiness and was nowhere close to feeling clean.

Gross. Gross. Gross.

Gross. Gross. Gross.

I love weird eco-friendly stuff as much as the next person, and I am usually OK with it taking a little more time or effort to do, but the trade off is that it has to WORK. There is no point martyring yourself for the cause.

All of the weird shit that I do, I do because it works just as well as what I was using before (if not better), but with the added bonus that I can make it myself, it’s non-toxic, it’s simple, and earth-friendly too.

This simply did not work for me. My hair was lank and waxy-feeling, and weirdly linty, like I had become Pigpen and airborne crap was coming in contact with my hair and just…sticking to it. UGH.

I have never been so excited to mix my shampoo and conditioner in my life. I can’t stop touching my hair. It feels sublime.

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In conclusion: You’re welcome. I tried it, and now you don’t have to.

(But if you haven’t tried making your own shampoo and conditioner, definitely try that!)



Eco-Friendly Living, Natural Living, Uncategorized

Taking it one step further. Going shampoo-free, for REAL.

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Week 1


Internet, I have stopped shampooing my hair.

You: Eww, why?! Wait – didn’t you already do that?

Well yes. Sort of. About five or six years ago I stopped using store-bought shampoo and conditioner and started making my own. But now I’m just…not using anything. Well, I’m using water, I guess. The magical cleansing properties of water.

The impetus behind this new hippie madness is an interview I had last week, where the reporter was doing a story on going shampoo free. (Me: “Mom! I’m going to be in the paper!”,  My mom: “Why?” Me: “Because I haven’t used shampoo in five years!” My mom: “Oh, I am so proud of you, mouse!”)

The reporter was a lovely lady who kindly sat down and heard me out about my lovely baking soda/ACV routine, and didn’t bat an eyelash when, in response to her asking whether or not ACV made my hair smell, I leaned forward and invited her to see for herself.  

This is my life, I invite esteemed journalists into my home and then make them sniff my hair.

ANYWAY! One of the other women she was speaking to was a true no-pooer. One of those totally shampoo-free, no baking soda no ACV no NOTHING types. The reporter too, was trying this out in order to more accurately report on it. And she asked me, “Have you ever tried it?”

And I had to admit, I had not. I have always thought about doing it, but guys, I was/am terrified. I have no idea why. I mean if it doesn’t work then I just have shitty hair for a month and go back to my normal routine.  Big deal! Nonetheless, I have never taken the plunge. Until now.

This experiment is not, as my brother so rudely suggested, a game of chicken, played hippie style. Nor is it a strange sort of one-upmanship (Oh you don’t wash your hair? Well NEITHER DO I)

It’s just that I am always encouraging people to at least try things. Try making your own shampoo! Try ditching the dryer sheets! Try not buying that awesome thing you want to buy! And here I am, not trying something. Because I am scared to become a gross smelly hippie weirdo.

I am fairly confident that at this point, (day 7? 8? I have no idea) I am indeed, a gross smelly hippie weirdo.

Or at least I feel like one.

My hair doesn’t actually look quite as bad as it did mid-week (let’s call that my rock bottom, mmkay?),  but it feels…thick. Like fur. Running my fingers through my hair doesn’t feel soft and sort of slippery like it did before. It’s still soft – maybe even softer? – but it feels…honestly just like fur. i don’t know how else to explain it.

Touching my hair right now is akin to petting a dog. A clean dog. But a dog nonethetless.

God, I am really selling this thing, aren’t I? How about some more pictures? This is the first time I’ve had my hair down all week, it’s been bun-city around here.

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Gross. I’m sorry. Don’t you dare judge me, I am doing this for YOU.

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I am such a giver. A gross, greasy-headed giver.

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Not quite so bad from the back. Right? I mean, borderline clean…ish?


The Internets tells me it can take five weeks (ohhh god) for my hair to sort its self out, at which point I can be a respectable, normal-looking member of society again. Until then I will answer your questions:


Q: Does your hair smell?

A: I…I have no idea. I am not asking anyone to smell it. I am, generally speaking, just slinking around in the background of genteel society trying to avoid people and not make eye contact. I feel disgusting.


Q: How long are you going to keep up with these shenanigans?’

A: Hopefully this mess will just keep getting better and I will discover the holy grail of self-cleaning hair care, but if don’t eventually get that “clean” feeling back, this will not be a sustainable option for me. Even I have my standards. And my dignity. Despite the photographs above.


Q: Are you still showering?

A: Oh my god YES! Guys?! I’m still showering and bathing and using soap and shaving and brushing my teeth, I haven’t completely given up. I’m just….not shampooing. For reasons. Vaguely earth-related? I can’t remember. 94% of my mental capacity is now devoted to calculating how many people are judging me at at given moment. (Currently: 1. Olive can be so cruel.)


Q: What does Adam think about this?

A: You know what? I don’t want to talk about this anymore so let’s just end this thing here this was a bad idea ugh please seriously look away, LOOK AWAY.


edited to add front shots because why the hell not, and a palate cleanser at the end:

Olive looked at this picture and said "Oooh, ANGRY!"

Olive looked at this picture and said “Oooh, ANGRY!”


You're welcome.

You’re welcome.

Eco-Friendly Living, Natural Living

Shampoo free


In an experiment I’ll detail more fully later, I’m on day five or six of bring shampoo-free. No baking soda rinse or ACV conditioner. I’m going ALL THE WAY.

So far it’s weird. But I also think I love it? My hair just…stays. Wherever I put it. Volume! What is this strange world?!

I will keep you updated.

(I’m sorry, Adam. You chose this wife life)

Eco-Friendly Living, Natural Living

Tough Love Thursdays

Guys, if you don’t know me in real life, you’ve at least seen pictures, right?

Here’s a refresher, I look like this:

and this:

and this:

I think we can agree that I’m not a greasy, filthy, hippie troll person, yes?

WAIT. I swear I’m not using my Internet Blog to fish for compliments (although now that you mention it, I just so happen to have a handy dandy comment feature and WOW! what a coincidence! There’s no limit to how much you can write!).

This lead up, and the pictures of me, are a necessary segue into me telling you that I haven’t used shampoo or conditioner in three years.


Hear me out.

Since I moved out and was forced to purchase my own shit, I’ve spent up to $40 at a time on shampoo and conditioner – everything from Pantene to Aveda and Pureology, every time getting suckered in by their promises of silky, sex-goddess hair.

And witrhout fail, every time I finished shampooing and drying and styling I was like, “Meh”.

Then when I got into making my own cleaning products and not using chemical cleaners anymore, I stumbled across this movement called “Un-Pooing”, which replaces store-bought shampoos and conditioners with baking soda and vinegar.

Believe me when I say that whatever you are thinking right now, I thought it too.


Guys, I am begging you, JUST TRY IT. The risk is so small – guaranteed you already have baking soda in your house and a small bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar costs like $5. What do you have to lose?

Here’s what you do:

Mix 1 cup warm water with 1 Tbsp baking soda, you can double or triple the recipe if you have insanely thick or long hair, but keep the proportions the same. This is your “shampoo” rinse. Pour it over your hair and massage it into your scalp with your fingertips, then rinse thoroughly.

Mix 1 cup warm water with 1-2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar (1 if you have oily hair, 2 if you have dry hair) Pour it over your hair, massage it into your scalp and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it out.

And you’re done. No shampoo bottles, no sodium laurel sulfate, no artificial fragrances giving you the big O in the shower. Boom.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is this shit for real?

A: Yes! Guys, I swear I’m not messing with you.


Q: Does it work?

A: Yes, my hair is clean and healthy and my hairdresser always remarks on how little damage there is and how smooth my hair shafts are (that’s what …she..said?)


Q: Do you stink like vinegar?

A: Okay, here’s the thing. When you’re rinsing, yeah it smells like vinegar, it’s VINEGAR. But vinegar doesn’t smell when its dry, so no, I don’t stink. Not of vinegar anyway. I mean if you were pervily sniffing my hair after a gentle spring rainfall, you might be able to smell it, but otherwise, no.


Q: Do you have tangles?

A: NO. None. If I wanted to I could brush my hair straight through right after getting out of the shower (WOAH- come on guys. I know you’re not supposed to brush your hair when its wet, I said I COULD. You know. If I wanted to or whatever)

Q: Why are you being such a self-righteous enviro-nag?


Seriously I know it sounds weird, but its amazing, tons of people are doing it and it works. I don’t care why you do it, if you’d rather spend that shampoo-money on top shelf vodka, if you adore having less clutter in the shower, or if you do genuinely care about the harmful chemical compounds being lathered into your scalp and down the drain each morning.

Guys, JUST TRY IT. Read more about it here.